Former MP Margaret Moran to face trial over expenses for Southampton home

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A former Labour MP accused of fiddling her parliamentary expenses could stand trial next spring.

Margaret Moran, 56, who represented Luton South, did not appear at London's Southwark Crown Court for a brief hearing today.

Moran faces 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument relating to expenses claims totalling about £80,000.

It is alleged she ''flipped'' her designated second home, making claims for properties in London, Luton and Southampton. Prosecutors also claim she submitted forged invoices.

The former MP, who stood down at the last election, faces charges including an allegation that she dishonestly claimed £22,500 to repair dry rot at her Southampton home.

She is also accused of falsely claiming £14,805 for boiler repairs and work on her conservatory.

Moran, of Ivy Road, St Denys, Southampton, has not been asked to enter pleas to the charges.

Mr Justice Cooke today set down a provisional trial date of April 18 next year and ordered a further directions hearing to be held on December 15.

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